Asia

NORTH KOREA 2018

Advancing Human Rights and Democracy Education for Defector Youth

Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights

$200,000

To bring international attention to the human rights situation in North Korea and promote awareness among South Koreans about North Korea. The project will advocate for human rights in North Korea at the UN and organize a variety of public campaigns and activities to facilitate the collaboration of a network of international NGOs and specialists dealing with North Korean human rights and refugees. It will also provide civic education and leadership training for defector youth.

Daily Internet Newspaper

The Daily NK

$270,000

To raise awareness and understanding of the conditions in North Korea by disseminating accurate, timely, and relevant news and information about the country. The project will produce an online newspaper serving readers in South Korea and the international community, and will provide journalism training to North Koreans working as citizen journalists as well as ongoing professional development for its regionally-based correspondents and stringer reporters.

Daily Radio Broadcast to North Korea

Unification Media Group

$189,000

To support the free flow of information in North Korea. The organization will broadcast its daily program, which provides news, features, and in-depth analysis on current affairs and issues in the Korean peninsula, as well as human rights and civic education programs, to the North Korean public.

Daily Radio Broadcast to North Korea

Unification Media Group

Supplement: $150,000

To support the free flow of information in North Korea. The organization will broadcast its daily program, which provides news, features, and in-depth analyses on current affairs and issues in the Korean peninsula and around the world, as well as human rights and civic education programs, to the North Korean public.

Democracy and Leadership Program for North Korean Women

Center for Korean Women and Politics

$60,000

To instill democratic values and cultivate political leadership in North Korean defector women and to encourage partnership and cooperation between South and North Korean women in promoting democratic change in North Korea. The project will implement a democracy and leadership program for North Korean women, including trust and partnership building opportunities with South Korean women, and will carry out interviews with defector participants to provide a better understanding of changes in North Korean society, especially on the role of women as possible agents of change.

Democracy and Leadership Program for North Korean Women

Center for Korean Women and Politics

Supplement: $30,000

To instill democratic values and cultivate political leadership in North Korean defector women and to encourage partnership and cooperation between South and North Korean women in promoting democratic change in North Korea. The project will implement a democracy and leadership program for North Korean women, including trust and partnership building opportunities with South Korean women, and will carry out interviews with defector participants to provide a better understanding of changes in North Korean society, especially on the role of women as possible agents of change.

Encouraging Democratic Reform via Radio Broadcast

North Korea Development Institute

$93,000

To support the free flow of information into North Korea. The organization will produce a daily shortwave radio program to be broadcast into North Korea, comprised of news reports of events in North Korea and the world, informed analysis, and critical commentary designed to encourage reform and the development of independent public opinion inside the country.

Engaging Youth and Defectors in Human Rights

NAUH (Now, Action and Unity for Human Rights)

$75,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of North Korean defector students in South Korea and encourage their engagement in human rights and democracy issues. Project activities will include a series of education and networking activities for South Korean and defector students, including a leadership program and a public awareness campaign on North Korean human rights.

Engaging Youth and Defectors in Human Rights

NAUH (Now, Action and Unity for Human Rights)

Supplement: $30,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of North Korean defector students in South Korea and encourage their engagement in human rights and democracy issues. Project activities concentrate on a series of education and networking activities for South Korean and defector students, including a leadership program and a public awareness campaign on North Korean human rights.

Human Rights Documentation and International Advocacy

NK Watch

$60,000

To document human rights violations and to increase international attention and pressure to address the country’s dire human rights situation. The group will interview defectors who have experienced or are familiar with human rights violations in North Korean detention facilities, document their findings, file petitions to the UN on behalf of victims or their families, and share the information with the international community to strengthen human rights advocacy efforts.

Increasing Communication Between North and South Koreans

Freedom of Information

$65,000

To increase opportunities for North Korean defectors to share accurate information about North Korea and personal experiences living in democratic South Korea with the citizens of North and South Korea. The project will include posting defector-written blog pieces and hosting online forum discussions with North and South Koreans on a variety of human rights and democracy-related issues.

Informed Analysis and Commentary by Defectors

Unification Media Group

$23,000

To provide opportunities for North Korean defectors to share accurate information and informed analysis about North Korea and personal experiences living in democratic South Korea. Project activities will include producing and disseminating videos on a range of topics, including an elite defector’s autobiographical experience, analysis on North Korea’s past, present, and future, as well as social commentary on current affairs.

International Conference: Policy, Markets and Human Rights

Institute for Far Eastern Studies Kyungnam University

$20,000

To analyze the effectiveness of international efforts to advance human rights and democracy in North Korea, in particular the impact on the jangmadang, or private markets. The project will include a one-day international conference in Seoul to discuss how economic sanctions have affected the North Korean population and explore how the jangmadang will be impacted.

Investing in Democratic Young Leaders in Korea

International Republican Institute (IRI)

$195,000

To foster a network of young democratic Korean leaders, the institute will organize a monthly leadership development series that includes workshops to impart the skills required to be successful democratic leaders, site visits to present positive examples of civic engagement and advocacy, and partnership projects with reputable organizations to provide the opportunity to put new skills and experiences into practice.

Mapping Crimes Against Humanity

Transitional Justice Working Group

$130,000

To seek accountability for crimes against humanity and systemic human rights abuses in North Korea and raise awareness of transitional justice issues among key stakeholders, including victims and international policy-makers. Project activities include a mapping project that utilizes geospatial evidence to document sites of potential crimes against humanity and international advocacy and outreach.

Strengthening Strategies for Effective Advocacy on Human Rights and Democracy

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$350,000

To strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations in South Korea advocating for human rights and democracy in the North Korea. The institute will provide tailored technical assistance to local partners to refine and implement organizational strategies. The institute will also convene local groups for collective strategizing to introduce new perspectives and opportunities for collaboration.

NK Youth Club

Human Rights

$50,000

To develop democracy and leadership educational material suitable for North Korean youth. Self-study materials will be developed for young North Koreans who are interested in learning about democratic ideals and values. The program will also provide educational support to North Korean citizens in the Asia region interested in human rights and democracy.

Supporting Dialogue on Democratic Change

Database Center for North Korean Human Rights

$85,000

To build the leadership capacity of young defectors and practitioners working on North Korean human rights and democracy issues. The organization will partner with a recently arrived elite defector to implement a civic education program for young defectors and a dialogue series with seasoned practitioners on issues relating to a peaceful opening and democratic transition for North Korea. The organization and its partner will also reach out to overseas North Koreans by providing relevant news and information.

Supporting Dialogue on Democratic Change

Database Center for North Korean Human Rights

Supplement: $15,000

To support an opportunity for young defectors and practitioners to gain the knowledge of conditions necessary for democratic change in North Korea. The organization will partner with a recently arrived elite defector to implement a civic education program and dialogue series for young defectors on a variety of issues relating to a peaceful opening and democratic transition for North Korea. The organization and its partner will also reach out to overseas North Koreans by providing relevant news and information in blog format.

Weekly Mediumwave Radio Broadcast

Save North Korea

$85,000

To support the free flow of information in North Korea. The organization will broadcast a weekly mediumwave radio program for North Korean listeners comprised of lectures and talk shows on human rights and democracy topics, and will organize a seminar series discussing changes and developments in North Korean society to inform content development and as well as to promote public debate on enhancing North Korean human rights strategies.

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